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Friday, August 31, 2012

Pardon Me, Your Blog is Showing

By Jody Worsham

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I don’t know how everyone else finds my blog, but to get to it, I Google The Medicare Mom and up pops all the titles that contain the phrase “The Medicare Mom.”  Then I click on the top one, and it takes me to this green page you are reading now.

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I scrolled past the first one and clicked on the second entry.  I was pleased to find that McAfee tests me and finds me to be virus free.  That’s good because yesterday I thought I might have picked up a virus.   It must have been that day old pizza I had for breakfast.

A little further down, I clicked on to The Medicare Mom stats.  There I learned that I was ranked 12,108,885th.  I was ecstatic until I remembered my brief encounter with statistics in college.  Was that 12,108,885th out of a number larger than our national debt?  If so, hooray I have a ton of readers!   I have a platform bigger than the 3x4 ft. deck in my backyard.  Or was that 12,108,885th out of a possible 12,108, 886?  And if so, do those statistics count the number of times daily that I check to see if anybody left a comment? Then, that is not so good.  I am my own top reader.

I kept going.  This was fascinating in a depressing sort of way.  I have more Google entries than I have readers.  One site estimated my worth at $465.91.  That’s more like it.  But where is it?  It’s probably lost in the mail since I can’t find my Pay Pal password.  No, that has to be potential worth or dial-up expenses because I don’t have any advertisers, sponsors, contests, polls, or giveaways.  I just have me.  Another site had my worth at $33,75 but I don’t trust that site.  They obviously don’t use our math system because we have to have four numbers to use a comma or they miss-typed and put a comma where they intended a period.  $33.75?

A site called WOT (web of trust) ranked my overall trustworthiness at 90% giving me three out of four people on the graft.  I only got 89% on vendor reliability but I don’t know how they came up with that number because I don’t have any vendors.  I got 88% on privacy, I guess because I don’t understand links and link backs so I don’t have many.

This last ranking on WOT, I question.  I got three out of five people on the graft and a ranking of 85% on child safety.  Do they not know the government, after extensive investigation, awarded me permanent custody of eight children and two donkeys, a driver’s license, a passport, and a teaching certificate?  I looked back over my blog entries and the only thing I can see that would warrant an 85% child safety ranking would be my entries on cooking.  Maybe I should have posted a warning:  This meal was cooked by a non-professional with absolutely no training in the kitchen.  DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME…and do not attempt to eat unless you were lost on a desert island for six years and have proven you can digest anything…and I mean anything.

 Even if you think no one is reading your blog, someone is or some THING.  Better check for slips.  Your blog is definitely showing.



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cujo in the Attic

By Jody Worsham

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Last night was your typical evening at home with the family.   By bedtime, all teeth had been brushed and/or removed for cleaning and baths had been taken.  Then the Tween-ager couldn’t find the dog.  The hunt for the Shih Tzu began.  Finally I yelled in a clam voice “GO TO BED.  The dog is in the house somewhere.  She’s just hiding… (and I don’t blame her).”

Five minutes later both children burst into the bedroom wide-eyed, slamming doors, screaming, and talking at the same time.  “There’s something in the attic.  It’s chasing us up and down the hall.”  Thinking this was just a ploy to avoid bedtime, I went into the hall to herd them toward bed when I heard it.  More screams, slamming doors, and talking at the same time which brought Dr. Hubby to the hallway.

He heard it but rather than scream and slam doors, he merely pulled down the folding staircase in the hall ceiling to investigate.  There was the Shih Tzu.  I was sure she had morphed into Cujo.  It seems someone had left the storage door to the attic in the upstairs playroom open.  While upstairs hiding one of my biscuits under the sofa, the dog had investigated the open door.  When she heard the kids calling her, she followed the sounds through the ceiling…running all over the attic.

Hot and dehydrated, cool water was administered.  The dog was hot and dehydrated, too, so they gave her some cool water as well.  After many assurances that there were no other critters in the attic and Cujo was just a movie, I managed to go to bed.  The kids and the dog had gone to bed an hour earlier.

Some people have bats in the belfry; we have Shih Tzu’s in the attic.  More fodder for the blogger!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

T’is the Season to be Jolly…Again!!

By Jody Worsham

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I passed through the school supply aisles at Wal-Mart this morning.  The scent of glue sticks, crayons, and pink rubber erasers filled the air creating a sense of euphoria and hope in this full time Medicare Mom.

Bins were brimming with yellow #2 pencils, brightly colored pencil sharpeners, and scissors of all kinds:  blunt, pointy, lefties, righties, plastic and metal.  Bottles of Elmer’s Glue in all sizes were stacked to the very edge of the shelves.  I was becoming light headed and giddy.

Ring binders were lined up and standing like sentinels awaiting assignments.  The end caps were being stacked head high with notebook paper:  wide rule, college rule, no rule.  Eight colors of folders with or without pockets, with or without brads, plastic or paper glistened like a long awaited rainbow offering hope after 40 days and 40 nights of no school.

I rounded the corner and actually swooned at the sight of cartons of kleenex tissue, paper towels, zip lock plastic bags, and bottles of hand sanitizers filling the aisles as they awaited their turn to be placed on the school supply shelves.

I bought two boxes of crayons and two pencil boxes; then plastic pocket folders in every color, scissors, notebook paper, glue sticks and bottles, a ruler just in case, and four spiral note books.  I got two lunch kits, two thermos bottles and 150 plastic sandwich bags. It was glorious!

As I rounded the corner heading for the check-out line, I burst into song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Car pools are forming and backpacks are brimming and parents are of good cheeeer!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

 I couldn’t help myself.  I was a racehorse with the finish line in sight, a marathon runner seeing the last mile marker, the exit ramp on the freeway with no cars in sight. I was about to be home free.   School starts in 16 days, 6 hours, 28 minutes, 12 seconds…11 seconds…10…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Table Talk

by Jody Worsham
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Dr. Hubby plays poker with the "boys" once a week and I go out to eat with the "girls" once a month. For me, it is an opportuniy to engage in live conersation with humans as opposed to conversing with a seven-year-old and a tweenager; well, it is if you don't count my daily exchanges with Wal-Mart cashiers.  He comes home with all kinds of stories and jokes which I don't get.  I began to wonder if my group's table talk was the norm.  

I know from what I've read and e-mail exchanges, that ladies between 50 and 92 seem to be gear their conversations toward grandchildren, gardening,  menopause, who died, and aches  and pains, heavy on the aches and pains the closer you get to 92. My group may be a little different.

We are an ecclectic group of educated women mostly over the age of 50, some empty nesters, some retired or want to be, some divorcees, some widows, some with grandchildren, and one with young children still at home (me).  This is the group that I went on a mission trip with and taught them how to play the slot machines at a nearby casino.  They taught me about "knocked up roses".

Last night at dinner,  the first topic of conversation was a review of all the newest restaurants in town and which had the best specials and when. This was music to my ears because it did not involve cooking. I took notes.  The reviews were mostly good, so no home burned meals for my family for the next several days.

The next topic revolved around repairing a leaky faucet.  My friend with the leaky faucet was adamant about NOT hiring a plumber.  She had managed to get the faucet turner-on-and-off removed and the little gold circle thing but she wasn't sure if the white plastic thingy popped off or not.  Ms Fix-It said she had only removed faucets from the bottom.  Ms Innovative said to take a picture of  all the "innerds" and take it to a local plumbing shop.  That's what she had done when she needed the number of something on the bottom side of her kitchen sink.  "$1.36 for the part, not $36 for a new faucet which was what the big box store had wanted me to buy. "

With that global crisis settled, we moved on to the weather; we heard thunder.  Four of the women whipped out their i-phones, Androids, Razors and gave the rest of us the weather report.  One noted that it was 76 degrees outside, a drop of  16 degrees since we came in.  Another reported heavy clouds moving in. One pulled out her Farmer'sAlmanac and said it  would likly be raining tomorrow. I stuck my hand out the windw and said it was raining now. The next hour was devoted to discussing the i-phone versus the Jitterbug as opposed to a pocket calendar and the need for Boomer  Technology classes.

When I returned home, Dr. Hubby said "Well, what was the big topic of conversation this time?"   "Oh, just the usual table talk. By the way, I found a new place to eat tomorrow.  There's a special on Thursdays."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

From Here to Eternity...or the Beach (whichever comes first)

by Jody Worsham
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A family vacation is supposed to bring a family closer together and it does; especially  if there are two grown-ups, two children at the warring age, and a shih zu that lives up to her name packed into a car with enough electronics to launch a sattelite.  Still, the children wanted to go to the beach so that's where we headed.

The original plan was to leave on a Sunday and I had been packing the RV accordingly.  On Saturday afternoon Dr. Hubby decided it would be nice to break up the long drive by leaving on Saturday
in an hour.-   I went into overdrive and started throwing the rest of the last minute items into the trailer...leaving the hot dogs still frozen in the refrigerator freezer.  One mile down the road we had to stop to see if my hormones had been packed.  Finding that they had been, it was safe to continue our journey.

Nine miles down the road I had finally untangled all the earphones, assigned chargers to the various i-pods and i-pads, and negotiated a peace treaty for the next ten miles, when I saw pieces of rubber flying through the air in the side mirror.  A blow-out!  Dr. Hubby managed to steer us into an RV park with a semi-level surface to change the tire.  A contruction worker took pity on an old man, a fat wife, two kids, and a dog and changed the tire for us.

With no spare tire, I confiscated the i-pad, dialed up On Star and began a search for a set of four tires or at least a spare.  It was 5 o'clock on a Saturday evening.  Who was going to be open?  No one.
We made it another 120 miles and stopped at an RV camp.

The next morning our ever faithful Wal-Mart had 4 tires.  We drove there and an hour later we had four new tires.  The plan was to keep the  other 3 tires as a back-up.  Where we were going to put them hadn't been decided.  The point was moot since the other three tires were all cracked as well.
We headed out for the remaining five hours of the trip.

We gave the tween-ager the TomTom (gps) .  "What's a POI?" "Point of Interest."  For the next five hours she discovered more apps on the TomTom than we ever imagined.   We heard "Four hours and fifty-two minutes to destination.  Traveling at 61 mph, legal speed 70, crossing an intersection  Four hours and fifty minutes to destination.  Traveling at 66 mph, legal speed 70, and we are making a slight curve to the left,  right  Four hours and 48 minutes to destination.  Traveling at 82 mph, legal speed 70 and there is a lake immediately to your right."
If this weren't enough, Dr. Hubby was discovering all the buttons on the car.  His favorite was the miles per gallon feature.  "We are averaging 6 miles per gallon.  That's awful.  No wait, that's 99 miles per gallon."  "That's because we are going downhill, Honey."  Actually, we were getting more like $50 per hour.  Every hour we stopped to fill up with gas and to check the tires.

A normal seven hour drive to the beach took us two days, four tires, three game chargers, an on going conversation with On Star, a constant miles per gallon up date, and a cartographic description of the route by the Tween-ager.

In self-defense, I lapsed into a coma at 8 miles per gallon, four hours and 32 minutes to destination with a slight bend in the road right